If you have Canadian friends on G+ or Facebook, you probably have seen posts you'd no doubt find cryptic about someone or something named Jian. If your friends are outspoken 'progressives', you'll probably have seen much wailing, moans of disbelief, bitter condemnations, or even conspiracy theories. You might be wondering what the fuck is up in the Great White North.
So here, in a special video edition of uncracked monday, you'll a breakdown that explains what was going on; which is basically that Jian Ghomeshi was sexually assaulting women, and the CBC (the public TV station in Canada, and Ghomeshi's employer) was apparently helping him cover it up for ages.
Why does this particular case matter so much? Well, because Jian Ghomeshi was the biggest star of CBC Radio (think NPR for Canada), with a show called "Q" which was like every liberal hipster's dream: music and interviews with a mix of progressively-fashionable celebrities and leftist Canadian icons (like feminist author Margaret Atwood, author of the Handmaiden's Tale, a cultural icon and "national treasure" of the Canadian left).
The CBC itself is the wannabe-BBC of Canada, and has had a serious left-wing slant for decades now.
So if some of your progressive Canadian friends have spent the past week having weird conniptions, it's because the TV/Radio station they think of as part of their utopia has been caught trying to protect their biggest liberal radio star while he beat and sexually assaulted women. And the poor progressives have spent the last week trying to figure out how they're supposed to react to that. Even feminist icon Margaret Atwood (writer of the Handmaiden's Tale, a novel about evil christian misogynists treating women like sex objects in a dystopian future) posted some very supportive tweets when the story broke, and kept defending him until very suddenly turning around (having seen which way the wind was blowing) only two days ago. And green party leader (and feminist hero) Elizabeth May had called him "wonderful".
Because of course, the perception in all this is based on the liberal mindset that if someone subscribes to the right ideology, if they are on the "right side" (which is the left, of course), then they can't possibly be the bad guys. Ghomeshi pushed all the right buttons and did all the right things because he showed all the hallmarks of a progressive icon; and because progressives believe that people who disagree with them must all be monsters, then those who agree with them must be heroes.
Oh, one more amusing note about that youtube link back at the start: That's Sun News, which is kind of the closest Canada has to Fox News. Its a private, commercial, 24 hour news network. The CBC icons all desperately tried to stop the network from being licensed, claiming that it was an evil "american-style" (those words often mean 'evil', in Canada) 'corporate news', that was 'dangerous' to Canadian minds, and would endanger the traditions of the CBC (which was of course, "healthy" for Canadians).
And the guy doing the presenting? That's Ezra Levant, a right-wing thinker that some people would probably consider Canada's answer to Rush Limbaugh, only he's much more intelligent than Rush. I say this from personal experience since he and I were at University together... there must have been something in the water back then at my old alma mater, as that generation of students there ended up producing a lot of very argumentative ideologists (besides Ezra and me, there were also more liberal cases, like David Malmo-Levine, who was one of the leading figures in the pot-legalization movement in Canada; there were also the guys who invented the comics "Bob the Angry Flower" and "Space Moose", both of which I strongly recommend).
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